Companies That Have Become Extint

Before there was Walmart or Kmart! There was Woolsworth and Murphy these are what were call dime stores. They had a little of everything and an eatery as well. Some where they stopped being able to keep up with the changes in our society and were replaced by first Kmart and then Walmart.

We had die hard Department stores like Wards and Sears and JCPenney.  Macy’s replaced Donaldson’s. Then Wards instead of updating their clothing or trying to take the leap from the catalog to the internet. They slowly died! Sears was next, their grandma land clothing never got updated to more stylish trends. They lost a lot of money by putting their shoes out on the floor as the stolen rates went up. They made a lot of bad decisions with their high end brands. They also neglected to take advantage of the internet.

JCPenney and Macy’s are trying to steer they’re course by embracing the internet and making sure that they retain their stores and online orders. They are trying very hard to stay on top of their losses so it doesn’t get out of control.  Herberger’s lost it’s battle to stay in control, which was unfortunate. It was a nice high end store. As our economy ebs and flows it is having an impact on the retail market.

Those that are slow to change will die quickly, those that are paying attention will survive. It is a much harder time than the Great Depression. This economy has been almost hard to shake. One of the hardest obstacles will be for stores in malls, where there is low income housing nearby.  Poverty is the death of business. The theft rates sky rocket in areas of poverty.

In the next two to three years it will be interesting to see who is left?

Penny J. (MN, USA)

Raven Hawke, Llc



When You are the Cause of Your Own Effect!

Some people call it being your own worst enemy. It’s interesting how their can be so many professional victims. Never looking in the mirror or seeing how they contributed to their own demise. I don’t know if it’s a lack of parenting or adulting! Some things are just pretty basic. If you don’t show up or show up late to events, work, etc. you will feel the pain! You will eventually be out of a job, not asked to attend.

It’s hard to pin down if this is just a particular generation or just a choice to be irresponsible? Yes, there can be self sabotage. At what point do you start to actually connect the dots? Most people learn for their mistakes or seeing the mistakes of others. When people choose to not take any responsibility for their part in it though; Are they really being an adult or an infant?

This is usually, where I take a step back and don’t point any of these things out to the person. It is their life and I’m not their parent. I don’t know it they just have a really hard head or they just will never get it? The Universe give us a lot of opportunities to make different choices and see it it leads to different outcomes.

It is at some point that my path will cross this persons and I will usually find that they’ve finally grown or are still clueless. As an empath, it’s really hard to watch the process when they continually fail. This is usually, when I excuse myself from the person’s life and wish them the best.

Penny J. (MN, USA)

Raven Hawke, Llc


We all have scape goats or black sheeps in our family. They some how don’t fit their families expectations. There is some kind of drama in these family dynamics. Instead of addressing the issues. Family members might justify their lack of action by saying they don’t want to get caught in the middle.

They will exclude this person, not because this person causes the drama; but because they don’t want to feel uncomfortable. It gets more interesting when the real person who was the drama has passed. They will still contiue to exclude that person because it’s become a comfortable pattern that they’ve grown accustomed too.

These can be family or friends that indulge in this behavior. Then these people suddenly wonder why you don’t trust them. These relationships can take on a disfunctional life of their own. Until finally one or the other decides to cut the other out of their life permanently.

Once we start to take back our power and take action. We start to see the changes come forward. We start being more firm with our personal boundaries and stop letting anyone dumping on us any more.

We can finally leave those left behind to figure out what happened on their own terms. They might or might not cross our path again? The problem is no longer ours though.

Penny J. (MN, USA)

Raven Hawke, Llc